Wine for Locals: All-Day Santa Cruz Wine Tour & Tastings
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The last date listed for SF Wine for Locals: Santa Cruz Sunday Wine Tour was Sunday June 14, 2009 / 8:45am.
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Wine has been grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding area since the 1800’s. However, in recent years the number of wineries has increased somewhat and the wines are now more recognized. The micro-climate of this area challenges the grapes with cooler temperatures and lightly less rain than the better known regions north of the Bay, which produces a more concentrated flavor in the grapes. The results are a collection of premium wines well worth trying, if you haven’t had the pleasure already.
Santa Cruz has a laid back reputation and the local wineries are often small, personalized and offer a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Napa region. You will visit four selected wineries on this tour and we will make a stop in Downtown Santa Cruz for lunch.
8:45 AM - Parc 55 Pickup (55 Cyril Magnin)
After leaving the city we will drive down the scenic California coastline on Highway 1 to a small town located in the mountains northwest of Santa Cruz called Bonny Doon. This is where we make our first stop for the day.
11:00AM – Beauregard Vineyards
Beauregard Vineyards is a family run operation focused on exquisite, hand crafted wines. The winery is set amongst the beauty of the local coastal redwood trees, with a peek a boo view of the Monterey Bay. The winery specializes in a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The group will enjoy a selection of 7 of their best wines paired with a selection of cheeses to suit making this a perfect first stop on our tour.
12:00PM – Bonny Doon Vineyards
Our second stop on our Santa Cruz Summer wine tour takes you to a very interesting and perhaps intriguing winery. Bonny Doon Vineyards is well known to many Bay Area Locals as a friendly but if you haven’t been there already it is likely to be one of the most interesting wineries that you may ever visit. Bonny Doon Vineyards is known for its biodynamic production of great Italian Varietals perfect for our last stop before we take a break for lunch. 1:00PM – Lunch at Downtown Santa Cruz, CA
2.30PM – Pelican Ranch Winery
Pelican Ranch Winery is a family owned and operated winery that started production in 1997. They specialize in producing single vineyard wines from the best vineyards in California and each production is limited to 100 cases from each vineyard. They produce both red and white varieties, mainly the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but they also offer some wonderful Zinfandels grown in other parts of the state. So get in on this special tour and be one of the few that get to try and buy some of these special wines.
3.30PM – Byington Vineyard & Winery
After lunch we will do a U-turn and start to make our way back to San Francisco, but we are not going home just yet! Our next stop is a beautiful family owned winery that offers spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, called Byington Vineyards & Winery. Byington Winery produces a great variety of handcrafted chardonnays and red Bordeaux-style wines from grapes grown on their own 95 acre vineyard. The manicured gardens and the grand Chateau offer a picture-perfect setting to relax and enjoy the warm afternoon sun.
6:00 PM – Return to San Francisco
Drop offs at various hotel locations of where you were picked up before you embarked on this lovely daytrip to Santa Cruz’s wineries.